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Below are some commonly asked questions regarding Air Duct Cleaning.  If there are any other questions we can answer for you, please do not hesitate to call us at

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the EPA, indoor air can be 2 to 5 timesmore polluted than outdoor air.  Most disposable filters only eliminate 10% of these pollutants allowing 90% to enter your air system and circulate throughout your home.  They migrate into your rooms, into the air you breathe and can become a food source for mold and bacteria.  Many microorganisms can easily thrive in your ducts (mold, mildew, dust mites, bacteria, etc.) due to the ideal condition in your ducts - they are dark and humid with plenty of dust, dander and pollen for the organisms to feed and grow.

Q:  What are the different sources of air duct contamination?

Q:  Will Air Duct cleaning reduce our homes energy bill?

Research by the EPA has determined that air duct cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently.  Clean systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.

Q:  Are there any other benefits in having my Air Ducts cleaned?

There are definite benefits in having your system cleaned.  By cleaning, you significantly reduce the amount of dust in your space.  After the air duct cleaning, you should notice:

*An increase in air flow as well as more even temperatures throughout your house

*Improved air quality

*A reduction in the amount of dust

*Reduced allergy symptoms by removing contaminants that potentially affect your health

Q:  Are there any health benefits that result from Air Duct cleaning?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust.  The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.

Q:  How often should I have my Air Ducts cleaned?

This depends on many individual factors.  Typically, you will want to have a routine cleaning every 3 to 5 years.  Some factors that may lead to more frequent cleanings are:

*Pets that shed hair and/or dander

*After renovating or remodeling your home

*If anyone smokes indoors

*If any residents have asthma or allergies and could benefit from a higher quality of air

*If there is water or smoke damage in your home

*Before moving into a new (due to construction debris) or existing home

Q:  How long should it take to have my Air Ducts cleaned?

There are a variety of factors that could affect the time needed to clean residential air ducts, including the size of the home, accessibility of the ductwork and the number of workers on the project.  A typical home requires 1 1/2 to 2 hours for cleaning.

Q:  What kind of equipment is best for cleaning - truck mounted or portable vacuums?

NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) does not endorse one kind of equipment over another.  There are two main types of vacuum collection devices: (1) those mounted on trucks , and (2) portable units.  Truck mounted equipment is generally more powerful.  However, portable equipment can often be brought directly into the home, allowing the vacuum source to be located closer to the ductwork.  Both types of equipment will clean to NADCA standards.  All vacuum units should be connected to a collection device for safe containment prior to disposal.  Any vacuum collection device which exhausts indoors must be HEPA filtered.  A vacuum collection device alone will not get the air ducts clean.  The use of methods and tools designed to agitate debris in conjunction with the use of the vacuum collection device is required to clean HVAC systems.  (Fore example: brushes, air whips and "skipper balls.")

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Q:  Why should I have my Air Ducts cleaned?

Due to the fact that all indoor air was once outdoor air - dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores are sucked into your system.  Other sources of pollutants are smoke from cooking, household sprays (insect, cleaning, etc.) and personal care products.  Also, every hour, humans shed over a million dead skin cells.  If you have a new or renovated construction - many construction materials, carpets, plastics and wood products give off pollutants in addition to all of the dust.

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